[u-u] Cheap/free VOIP home phone
D. Hugh Redelmeier
hugh at mimosa.com
Sun May 24 15:24:33 EDT 2020
| From: Dan Astoorian <djast at ecf.utoronto.ca>
- last I looked, SIP was normally unencrypted. Not to mention the
metadata thing. I've been told things are better (SRTP? TLS?) but
your handset probably doesn't do that. (Maybe D'Arcy told me -- I
- the dream of VoIP was that it could be end-to-end but it seems to
normally deployed as customer to ITSP where it then gets onto the
PSTN. Long distance is handled differently by the ITSP,
transparently to the customer.
- Rogers was almost giving away their Home Phone thing. That may have
changed. Technically, it is VoIP, but it doesn't go over the
internet. They do a lot of things to make it just like POTS:
+ UPS in your home to ensure that the phone works during power
outages (of a day or less?)
+ uses a reserved band on the cable for its IP traffic so it does
not compete with streaming video or gamers
+ perhaps: stupid high long distance fees like Bell
What is it you want a VoIP line for? I have one but don't actually
use it any longer. Perhaps you would be better off with replacements
like Skype, Zoom, Google ___?
| Today I tried to use my netTALK phone for the first time since switching
| to the new Rogers cable modem, and had two calls half-terminate after
| (almost exactly) 15 minutes--the other party could hear me, but suddenly
| I couldn't hear them. (If that symptom rings a bell for any of the SIP
| experts on the list, I'll happily listen to any troubleshooting advice.)
On my les.net VoIP account, I (as an administrator) get to set a
timeout time. I think that it defaulted to an hour. To make a phone
call, you must have enough money in your account to pay for a call
that hits the timeout time.
| I then discovered that they freephoneline.ca charges a one-time fee of
| $99.95 +taxes to "unlock" VOIP and get SIP settings.
That's crazy. It isn't based on any cost that they have.
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